Eligibility and Requirements to Attend

I am...

A Fall  UCSC admitted student, and I want to attend Summer Academy 

A student from an international university, and I want to take Summer Session courses

A student from an international high school, and I want to take Summer Session courses

Eligibility

To attend, you will need to obtain F-1 or J-1 student visa or be currently in the U.S. holding F-1 or J-1 student status. To maintain full-time status, you need to take a minimum of six credits in either one or both sessions. Here is a more detailed explanation on F-1 and J-1 student status.

You cannot study with a B1/B2 tourist status.

If you are in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status, you need to request a transfer of your SEVIS record. Please visit the IEO website to complete the Transfer Verification form. Your current school must release your SEVIS record first, then we can issue you a new I-20 or DS-2019.

If you are outside the U.S., you need to complete an I-20/DS-2019 Request Form in order to obtain an immigration document (Certificate of Eligibility) from UCSC. Once the I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, you will be able to apply for a F-1 or J-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy of Consulate. See Requirements below.

For Students Admitted for Fall

Degree-seeking international students must be first admitted by UCSC and then request to attend the Summer Academy. For more admission related information, visit International Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.  

To attend the Academy:

  • Submit your Statement of Intent to Register in your UCSC portal to confirm you will attend UCSC in Fall. 
  • Complete a I-20/DS-2019 Request Packet to confirm you will start in Summer.  Submit the form and applicable documentation.

  • Proof of Financial Support: Students requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 must provide evidence of funding to cover the estimated costs of tuition, fees, and living expenses for summer, fall, winter, and spring.

  • Due date: All documentation is due by May 15.

After the process is complete, the International Education Office (IEO) will send an I-20 or DS-2019 and pre-arrival information to the student after all materials are received.  Contact istudent@ucsc.edu if you have immigration or document questions.

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For Visitors coming only for Summer 

If you would like to attend Summer Session and do not plan to be a degree-seeking UCSC student, you are welcome!

Please submit the following:

  • Complete registration form: Registration open April 1

  • Proof of English proficiency: You will need to submit official test scores to verify that you meet the university's English-language proficiency requirements for undergraduates or graduate students.

  • Proof of Financial Support: Students must provide evidence of funding to cover the estimated costs of tuition, fees, and living expenses for summer. Please complete a I-20/DS-2019 Request Packet. Submit the form and applicable financial documentation.

  • Passport identity page: A photocopy is acceptable but must be clearly legible

  • Documentation is due by:

After the process is complete, the International Education Office (IEO) will provide your immigration document, Form I-20 or DS-2019, and information on how you enroll in classes.

Send your documents to summer@ucsc.edu 

Or by mail to:

Summer Session - 140 Hahn
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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